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I have been reading books my whole life and blogging for about a year and a half now, and I have a confession to make…
Up until this week, I had never been to an author book signing! I live in Tallahassee for school and there are just no book signings there (that I know of). There are a good amount in South Florida but I am only down there for school breaks and summers. I’m planning on going to BEA next year and maybe mid winter ALA this year so I will get to meet lots of authors there hopefully but I’ve always wanted to go to a signing for a specific author and/or book.
Well a few days ago I finally got my chance! Richelle Mead came down to Fort Lauderdale, which is about 45 minutes away from my parents house in South Florida but only about 2 minutes away from the law firm that I am working at this summer! How perfect is that?? I went over right after work and waited about 2 hours for the signing to start and I have to tell you, I was a bundle of excited energy.
I love Richelle Mead, I read her Vampire Academy series before I started blogging, but I have never reviewed them (*see bottom for more on this) I have not yet read her Bloodlines series, so I bought hardcover copies of both books 1 and 2 to have her sign.
It was so much fun! Richelle is hilarious and super sweet. She read a scene from the Golden Lily and then opened up the floor for questions (about anything!). She was very open and engaging and I really just had a great time meeting her.
Because I had never been to an author signing before I wasn’t sure what proper signing procedure was. (Should you limit it to one book? Should you buy all the books at the venue or can you bring your own?) Just to be safe I bought both of the books at the bookstore and only had her sign those two, but lots of people brough their own copies and had huge stacks of books.
Richelle was so gracious and she signed anything and everything people handed her! She also took pictures and answered questions from EVERYONE in line.
I was super nervous to meet her. (I can get up in front of judges, attorneys and dozens of other law students to deliver opening statements, cross examinations and closing arguments confidently, but put me in front of an author I love and I become a shy fangirl. Go Figure!)
I told her it was my first signing and she said that she hoped it delievered (it totally did!) and then she asked where I was from and whatnot. I didn’t want to leave. I wanted to just stay and talk to her but it was late and there was still a whole line of people behind me.
Thank you so much Richelle, for making my first book signing event so memorable. And for being so awesome!
*You know how I said earlier that I had not reviewed any of Richelle’s books yet? Well I was thinking, I could re-read the Vampire Academy series and read the Bloodlines books and the Succubus series and make a month long Richelle Mead review event! What do you think? Let me know in the comments 🙂
and now for a giveaway. I have some really cool signed swag to send to one person, including a bloodlines tattoo, signed bookplate, and awesome signed vampire academy timeline poster! (I really wanted to keep this, but I decided not to be selfish and to share the love. I’m hitting myself in the head for not asking nicely for two of them)
Sorry I couldn’t figure out how to get the picture to turn around :/ picture…fail.
-must be 13+
-contest policy applies
-fill out rafflecopter